Have I mentioned how I hate the phonics-based method of teaching reading? How I hate it with the white-hot blaze of a Bessemer furnace staffed by union steelworkers making overtime as it runs 24/7? If not, well, now you know.
I have yet to see a story written where 8 out of 10 words rhyme with each other that's interesting. Nobody talks like that. Why do we expect children to read stories like that? Why do we front-load reading with tedious plodding "plots" that convolute themselves to fit the sound of the day? If *I* don't want to read the story, why should I expect any child to?
It just makes "Reading Is Fun!" the biggest lie kids have heard at school so far. And if kids think that one of the greatest and most beautiful truths about being human is false, then there's not much more use in trying, is there?